'Phonebloks' is a new concept for a mobile phone which you literally build yourself, from a range of pre-made parts, including the battery, processor and ports. The idea is to make a mobile which is never obselete - because as soon as there's a new processor out, you can swap it into the device with no fuss.
Clearly, it's just an idea. But there's an interesting hint here about one potential future for a class of device which arguably has started to stagnate over the last couple of years.
The iPhone 6 Apple's largest ever iPhone, both in terms of physical size and popularity. The phone is already smashing the company's own pre-order records and the handset's arrival caused almost every network site to crash. So what's all the fuss about? Well you get a larger, thinner iPhone with a 4.7-inch screen or 5.5-inch display if you chose the iPhone 6 Plus. It features a new 8MP camera with uprated optics as well as a faster more efficient processor.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is the perfect example of 'if it ain't broke' thinking. Design changes are minimal but practical with soft rubber corners protecting against drops. The new Z3 comes packing a massive 5.2-inch screen but thanks to smaller bezels it keeps the same small footprint. It'll play HD audio and shoot 4K. That's not all though, Sony's boasting a whopping two-day battery life.
The Motorola Moto X 2 is significant for two reasons, the first of which is that you can almost entirely design it yourself. The new Moto X heralds the arrival of Moto Maker to the UK which means you can choose from literally thousands of different design options. On top of that you get a stunning 5.2-inch display that's matched with a phone that measures in at just 3.8mm at its thinnest point. Thanks to Motorola's agreement with Google it's pure Android and will get updates from Google as soon as they're announced. For now, this is your Nexus replacement.
This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it shows the biggest departure from Samsung's design thinking yet. Gone is the cheap plasticky body, replaced with a thin metal frame and smooth leather back. The screen is still 5.7-inches but Samsung's upped the resolution to a massive 2K.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the company's first big attempt to take on the iPhone at its own game. That means the Alpha ditches Samsung's previous love of plastics in favour or a stunningly thin metal frame. The 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display may not be Full-HD but it packs enough colour that you probably won't care. It also comes with all the class-leading features you'll find on the S5 including a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor on the back.
The Nokia Lumia 930 looks set to be the flagship Windows Phone of 2014. With the all-new Windows Phone 8.1 OS it'll sport customisable lock screens, the ability to set wallpapers for all your tiles and later in the year you'll have access to Microsoft's answer to Siri: Cortana. It also happens to be a seriously powerful smartphone as well with a 5-inch Full-HD display, 20MP camera and professional levels of film recording thanks to four mics for full stereo pickup.
The LG G3 improves on last year's already-great G2 with a 'Quad' HD screen (5.5 inches at 500 pixels per inch), a laser on the back to improve auto-focus, a simplified user interface and a metallic-plastic case.
The 2014 update to the HTC One builds on the same hardware features that won the original such a fanatical response, but keeps the essential DNA intact. The massive front-facing speakers are 25% louder, the UltraPixel camera adds a second lens for depth perception (so you can refocus an image after shooting it), and there's a 5-megapixel 'Selfie' front facing lens too. [REVIEW]
This year's Galaxy S adds water resistance, a slightly larger screen, a 16-megapixel camera and a heart-rate sensor into what was already a market-leading, powerful and sleekly designed device. It doesn't rock the boat too much, but it didn't need to. This is still up there with the very best Android phones.
The 5C was rumoured to be Apple's 'budget' iPhone. It isn't - and not only because it isn't that cheap. The "proudly plastic" 5C comes in five colours (see what they did there) but has the same internals, screen and camera as the iPhone 5. It's essentially the same beautiful, high-end phone you already know and love, in a more colourful (and potentially divisive) design. As such it's hard to see how Apple won't sell a billion of them.